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Memento : Issue 23
may 2003 memento It was the year that Germaine Greer returned to Australia to promote The Female Eunuch, less than 10 per cent of people surveyed by the Canberra Times wanted 'God Save the Queen' as the national anthem, and Shane Gould won Olympic gold! Where were you in '72? Every year we mark the release of Cabinet papers from 30 years ago through our Summer Speakers series. In January, Canberra historian Dr Michael McKernan, motoring commentator Peter Wherrett and seasoned actor Bud Tingwell reviewed the highlights of '72. Dr Michael McKernan began with a vibrant talk about the political events of the year. Michael remembered 1972 as the year the Whitlam government launched its famous 'It's Time' campaign, securing Labor's election win in December, and as Michael expressed it, 'freezing the McMahon government in the headlights of the ute the Whitlam government was driving'! Peter Wherrett talked about the watershed in the automotive industry resulting from heightened awareness of greenhouse gases. He remembered 1972 as the year that Asian cars absorbed the Hillman, Morris and Austin market, and Ford and General Motors began manufacturing 'break-away' models designed and manufactured by Australians. It was also the year that accident fatalities were reduced by 30 per cent through the introduction of compulsory seatbelts, and Peter received his big break as presenter on the ABC's motoring program, Torque. Bud Tingwell spoke about the rebirth of the Australian film industry in 1972, and how he 'battled to make movies'. After beginning his acting career in radio, Bud went to Holly- wood and London before settling back in Australia in 1972. To his delight he found that the film and television industry in Australia had progressed beyond its continental peers. Bud confessed he planned very little of his career, and that he owes his film and television career to simply being in the right place at the right time! 7 Bud Tingwell Peter Wherrett Dr Michael McKernan